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Belfast parties to meet in bid to save power-sharing

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland's power-sharing government is at risk of collapse again, and the British an…

  • Northern Ireland govt in trouble after bill blocked
    Northern Ireland govt in trouble after bill blocked Wed, May 27, 2015

    The power-sharing government of Northern Ireland failed to pass a key welfare bill, reaching an impasse that senior politicians have warned could endanger the fragile regional assembly. More »

  • Northern Ireland first minister hospitalised after sudden illness
    Northern Ireland first minister hospitalised after sudden illness Mon, May 25, 2015

    Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson was recovering after an emergency operation on Monday, the hospital treating him said, with local media reporting that he had suffered a suspected heart attack. Robinson's British nationalist Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leads a power-sharing regional government with Irish nationalists Sinn Fein under the terms of a 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. The DUP is currently at odds with Sinn Fein over a social welfare bill due to be submitted to the regional assembly this week, which several senior figures have said could lead to the collapse of the government. More »

  • Belfast baker guilty of discrimination over 'gay cake' snub Tue, May 19, 2015

    A Northern Ireland bakery was found guilty Tuesday of discrimination for refusing to make a cake bearing the slogan "Support Gay Marriage," a verdict welcomed by human rights activists but denounced ... More »

  • Belfast bakery discriminated by refusing gay cake order, court rules
    Belfast bakery discriminated by refusing gay cake order, court rules Tue, May 19, 2015

    By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - A Northern Ireland bakery owned by devout Christians who refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan was found guilty of discrimination in Belfast on Tuesday and fined. The case has become heavily politicised in Northern Ireland with members of the province's largest political party, the Democratic Unionist Party, proposing the introduction of a Conscience Clause Bill to allow the withholding of services on grounds of religious belief. Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, a member of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, welcomed the judgement as "a good result for equality". More »

  • ‘The best place on this island to make a game at the moment is Belfast’
    ‘The best place on this island to make a game at the moment is Belfast’ Sun, May 17, 2015

    Why Ireland is lagging behind in the $80 billion global games industry. More »

  • Northern Ireland's DUP secures eight seats, eyes some influence
    Northern Ireland's DUP secures eight seats, eyes some influence Fri, May 8, 2015

    By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party retained eight seats in Britain's parliament on Friday and said it could still wield some influence even if it is not the "dream" outcome of holding the balance of power. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives are set to return to power after an unexpectedly strong showing and may be poised to secure a parliamentary majority, a BBC projection showed on Friday with more than 90 percent of results declared. The British nationalist DUP has said it would consider supporting a minority government in exchange for a package of financial and political concessions but may have lost that opportunity. "David Cameron is a smart guy, he'll be looking for a bit of a cushion and maybe there'll still be an opportunity for the DUP to play a role," Northern Ireland's finance minister and DUP member Simon Hamilton told BBC. More »

  • Belfast man arrested over killing of former IRA commander
    Belfast man arrested over killing of former IRA commander Wed, May 6, 2015

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland police say they have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the killing of one of Belfast's senior Irish Republican Army veterans. More »

  • Ex-IRA man linked to 2005 slaying shot dead in Belfast
    Ex-IRA man linked to 2005 slaying shot dead in Belfast Tue, May 5, 2015

    DUBLIN (AP) — A former Irish Republican Army commander linked to one of the outlawed group's most notorious killings was shot dead at close range Tuesday morning on a street near his home in Belfast, residents and police said. More »

  • Northern Ireland police boost security before UK general election Tue, May 5, 2015

    "The dissident Republican threat remains severe," Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin told journalists on Tuesday. "The PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) will have an enhanced profile in local communities to provide safety and reassurance to everyone." Several attacks have occurred in recent weeks, though no one has been seriously injured. Earlier in the weekend, the home of Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister, Irish nationalist Martin McGuinness, was vandalised with paint bombs. Northern Ireland's 18 seats could prove crucial in the formation of the next British government, with the province's largest party, the Democratic Unionist Party, hoping to hold the balance of power with up to 10 seats. More »

  • Former IRA commander shot dead in Belfast
    Former IRA commander shot dead in Belfast Tue, May 5, 2015

    A former IRA commander was shot dead in Belfast on Tuesday in a killing that immediately prompted warnings from political leaders against a return to Northern Ireland's violent past. More »

  • Ex-IRA commander Jock Davison gunned down in Belfast
    Ex-IRA commander Jock Davison gunned down in Belfast Tue, May 5, 2015

    The 47-year-old was on his way to a local community centre where he worked when he was shot. More »

  • Convicted murderer at large arrested in Belfast
    Convicted murderer at large arrested in Belfast Tue, May 5, 2015

    The 27-year-old was serving a 17 year sentence in Maghaberry Prison. More »

  • English teen wanted over rape and theft allegations arrested in Northern Ir …
    English teen wanted over rape and theft allegations arrested in Northern Ir … Sat, May 2, 2015

    Gardaí had been appealing for information after sightings of the man in Kildare and Sligo recently. More »

  • Dissidents blamed as significant bomb ‘intended to kill’ found in Belfast
    Dissidents blamed as significant bomb ‘intended to kill’ found in Belfast Sat, May 2, 2015

    The PSNI said the incident “has all the hallmarks of a dissident republican terrorist attack”. More »

  • Northern Ireland minister quits as police investigate gay abuse remark Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Northern Ireland's Health Minister resigned on Monday days after police started an investigation into comments he made at an election rally last week linking gay marriage to child abuse. Jim Wells - a senior member of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), one of the small parties that may hold the balance of power in the United Kingdom after elections next week - said he was leaving his job in order to look after his sick wife. He will still contest the election for the DUP in a strong nationalist constituency. Wells said his initial comments were misrepresented but then apologised and said the remarks did not reflect the DUP's views. More »

  • Former British soldier charged over 1974 Northern Ireland killing Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - A 73-year-old former British soldier was charged on Saturday in relation to the death of a Catholic man with learning difficulties in Northern Ireland 40 years ago. John Pat Cunningham, a 27-year-old who had a mental age of a between 6 and 10, was shot three times as he ran away from an army patrol in a field in June 1974. Former soldier Dennis Hutchins, who lives in the southern English town of Torpoint, was charged on Saturday with attempted murder, the first time anyone has been charged in relation to the incident. An account of the shooting by the Pat Finucane Centre, which is helping to represent Cunningham's family, said that two soldiers opened fire. More »

  • Police investigate Northern Ireland health minister over gay abuse remark Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Northern Ireland police are investigating comments by the region's health minister that linked gay marriage to child abuse. Jim Wells, a senior member of the socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), initially said he was misrepresented, but later apologised for the remark and said it did not reflect the views of his party. "You don't bring a child up in a homosexual relationship. More »

  • Intense battle for East Belfast
    Intense battle for East Belfast Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    The election campaign is only weeks old but the intense battle to win the east Belfast seat has been raging for five years. More »

  • Game of Thrones star apologises for ‘derogatory’ remarks about Belfast
    Game of Thrones star apologises for ‘derogatory’ remarks about Belfast Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    He thought he could get away with joking about Belfast, but he was proven wrong. More »

  • This is the best response to Kit Harington’s controversial comments on Belf …
  • Unionist bid to be UK 'kingmakers' unsettles some in Northern Irela …
    Unionist bid to be UK 'kingmakers' unsettles some in Northern Irela … Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    By Conor Humphries BELFAST (Reuters) - Less than two decades after a U.S.-brokered deal brought peace to Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister David Cameron may have to go cap in hand to one side of the sectarian divide if he wants to keep power after the May 7 election. Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose combative British nationalism was forged in the Protestant ghettos of 1970s Belfast, is promising voters the opportunity of holding the balance of power in the United Kingdom. In the most unpredictable British election in recent times, neither the Conservatives nor Labour are expected to win a majority in the 650-seat parliament while the DUP is targeting nine seats. "This opportunity may not come around again for a political lifetime," DUP leader Peter Robinson told British flag-waving supporters last month when he unveiled a list of concessions the party wants in exchange for its support. More »

  • Northern Ireland wins again in Euro 2016 qualifying
    Northern Ireland wins again in Euro 2016 qualifying Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Romania and Northern Ireland both won on Sunday to tighten their grip on the top two places in Group F of European Championship qualifying, while Greece showed signs of improvement in a 0-0 draw against Hungary. More »

  • Morrissey stands up Alan Carr because he's stuck in Belfast
    Morrissey stands up Alan Carr because he's stuck in Belfast Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The singer cancelled his chat show appearance at short notice. More »

  • Those escaped monkeys from Belfast Zoo are still on the loose
    Those escaped monkeys from Belfast Zoo are still on the loose Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The two macaque monkeys are still on the loose on Cave Hill – to the West of the city. More »

  • Two monkeys have escaped from Belfast Zoo and are running wild
    Two monkeys have escaped from Belfast Zoo and are running wild Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    We still don’t know how they broke out. More »

  • David Best's Temple, a tribute to peace in Northern Ireland, is burned in …
    David Best's Temple, a tribute to peace in Northern Ireland, is burned in … Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    At least 15,000 people gathered to watch the spectacular burning of an intricately carved wooden temple on a hill overlooking Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The 72ft structure was the brainchild of Californian artist David Best, who is famous for his temples built for the Burning Man festivals in Nevada. He was invited to build one in Northern Ireland, where bonfires usually are a magnet for community division. Huge towers made of wooden pallets are set alight every year to celebrate the victory of King William of Orange over Catholic King James in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. The city chosen for the Temple was symbolic. More »

  • AP PHOTOS: Temple stirs Northern Ireland hearts to fiery end
    AP PHOTOS: Temple stirs Northern Ireland hearts to fiery end Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    DUBLIN (AP) — They came. They saw. They burned it down. More »

  • Burning of ornate tower stirs Northern Ireland hearts, minds
    Burning of ornate tower stirs Northern Ireland hearts, minds Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland may never again see a bonfire so graceful or heartfelt. More »

  • Game of Thrones stars love the 'immensely beautiful' filming locations …
    Game of Thrones stars love the 'immensely beautiful' filming locations … Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The show is shot in several gorgeous locations across Northern Ireland. More »

  • Talks to save Belfast power-sharing overshadow St Pat's Day
    Talks to save Belfast power-sharing overshadow St Pat's Day Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    DUBLIN (AP) — It has become a hallmark of the St. Patrick's Day holiday: the entire political elite of Ireland descending on the White House. More »

  • Temple by David Best: Burning Man artist's spectacular bonfire in Derry, …
    Temple by David Best: Burning Man artist's spectacular bonfire in Derry, … Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    For hundreds of years, bonfires have been a symbol of division in Northern Ireland. Huge towers made of wooden pallets are set alight every year to celebrate the victory of King William of Orange over Catholic King James in the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A beautiful art project by American artist David Best aims to turn the idea of a bonfire on its head. The idea was inspired by the extraordinary temples David Best builds every year at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. More »

  • Getting to Northern Ireland is going to be really difficult today
    Getting to Northern Ireland is going to be really difficult today Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    That means no Ulsterbus, Metro or Northern Ireland Railway services. More »

  • Northern Ireland’s peace is Ireland’s peace, we’ve all benefited and all of …
    Northern Ireland’s peace is Ireland’s peace, we’ve all benefited and all of … Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    As the South approaches the next election pressure needs to be placed upon politicians to re-engage with the peace process. More »

  • Northern Ireland budget crisis threatens tax devolution deal
    Northern Ireland budget crisis threatens tax devolution deal Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    By Ian Graham BELFAST (Reuters) - A dispute over social welfare cuts in Northern Ireland on Monday threatened to unravel a 2014 political deal to cut the province's corporation tax to better compete with Ireland for foreign direct investment. Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein blocked a social welfare reform bill, a major part of last year's Stormont House Agreement which included corporate tax cuts and the creation of new institutions to look into historical crimes in the province. More »

  • Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly did NOT see ‘Irish terrorists kill’ people in …
    Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly did NOT see ‘Irish terrorists kill’ people in … Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    It turns out he actually just saw pictures of bombings… More »